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Falls woman gets probation in robbery

A Niagara Falls woman involved in a robbery of a Lockport gas station will spend the next five years on probation.

Ashley E. Bivins, 22, was sentenced Wednesday by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch, Sr. She had pleaded guilty to attempted third-degree robbery in February.

Upon hearing Bivins would continue to attend classes at Niagara County Community College and that the probation office wanted to work with her, the probation sentence was a proper one, Kloch said.

In January, James McClendon, 50, of Niagara Falls was sentenced to state prison for one and a half to three years for his role in the robbery.

  

ECONOMY

Gas prices fall 6 cents

Relief continues for those paying at the pump, as Niagara gas prices fell to an average of $3.77 this week. This is the seventh consecutive week of declining fuel prices locally, AAA said.

Tuesday’s national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $3.52. This price is 8 cents less expensive than one week ago, 17 cents less than one month ago and 39 cents less than one year ago.

The national average has now fallen for 12 straight days and 41 of 47 days since the peak 2013 price to date of $3.79 on Feb. 27. In 2011 the national average for regular unleaded gasoline peaked at $3.98 on May 5. In 2012 the price peaked at $3.94 on April 5 and 6.

     

CORRECTION

The city council approved $6,500 for overtime in the city’s Department of Code Enforcement to be transferred from the council’s contingency fund during Monday’s council meeting. Inaccurate information appeared in the Tuesday edition of the Niagara Gazette.

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